Blackhawks have to throw Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard off his game

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard makes a save on Blackhawks defenceman Nick Leddy during Game 3 of...

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard makes a save on Blackhawks defenceman Nick Leddy during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, May 20, 2013. (REBECCA COOK/Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks want to make life more miserable for Jimmy Howard.

If they don’t, then they’re the ones who’ll be wallowing in misery for the rest of the summer.

The Detroit Red Wings goaltender has been outstanding so far in the NHL Western Conference semifinal, frustrating the Blackhawks snipers, who have only two goals in their last three games.

With the Red Wings up 3-1 in the series heading into Game 5 Saturday at the United Center, the Blackhawks have to figure out a way to get past Howard to keep their season alive.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. “We’ve been getting in front of him, we’ve been shooting from all over the place, and we’re going to keep doing that, even more so.

“We know that we have a lot of talent, top to bottom, on this team and that anybody can score goals. Whoever it is, we want guys to step up. It’s playoff hockey and we’re looking for some big goals (Saturday) night, that’s what it’s going to take to win. He’s one of those key guys that we want to be really tough on. We have to keep doing that.”


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